Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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Billingsley left his last start against Atlanta on Friday after straining his hamstring on a single. He threw on the side before Monday's series opener against the Giants and still felt the tightness so the Dodgers decided to skip his next start baseball betting game.

All-Star pitcher Chad Billingsley will miss his scheduled start against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday with a strained left hamstring.

Billingsley was originally scheduled to pitch tonight against the San Francisco Giants and Dodgers skip Joe Torre says that Jeff Weaver will be his replacement.

"The last few pitches I tried to go game-speed and had to shut 'er down," Billingsley said, adding that it felt like a grabbing pain.

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The Dodgers have not decided who will start in Billingsley's place, but the first option is to have Jeff Weaver start and a cast of relievers back him up, since the Dodgers have an off day on Thursday. Billingsley's next turn would be on Monday, and that start remains a possibility. Billingsley said he doesn't feel he needs to go on the disabled list.

"I don't view it as a setback," Billingsley said. "Being only two days and being able to throw almost 100 percent, I'm happy with that."

"Stan feels that he has made significant progress but not far enough along to pitch him on Wednesday," Torre said.

The Dodgers haven't decided on a starter for Wednesday's baseball lines game against Tim Lincecum. Jeff Weaver, who threw three perfect innings of relief on Sunday, and James McDonald are options to come out of the bullpen and start in Billingsley's place. With a day off Thursday and 13 pitchers on the roster, Torre said the team might not need to add another pitcher.

"We don't have a plan yet," Torre said. "Obviously we are going to need one. We don't have one, but we know we have sort of a safety plan knowing we could get it done with the pitchers that we have here."

Billingsley is the Dodgers top pitcher, with an 11-6 record and 3.73 ERA. He has 143 strikeouts in 149 2/3 innings. The Dodgers can ill afford to lose Billingsley for any length of time because of the way they have struggled of late.
Los Angeles entered this crucial series against the second-place Giants having lost 11 of 17 games. The Dodgers still led San Francisco and Colorado by 5½ games in the NL West.

Manager Joe Torre says he hopes Billingsley can return to the mound next Monday and does not need to go on the disabled list. The Dodgers haven't decided on a starter for Wednesday's game against Tim Lincecum. Jeff Weaver is an option after throwing three perfect innings of relief on Sunday.

Weaver is 4-3 SU in his last seven road baseball betting games against the Giants.

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